This Boston Public Library scan, in fantastic condition, contains all the traditional stories and includes gorgeous illustrations.
The Arabian Nights is a classic medieval Middle-Eastern literary epic which tells the story of clever Scheherazade, a Sassanid Queen, who relates a series of stories to her malevolent husband, the King, to delay her execution. The stories are told over a period of one thousand and one nights, and every night she smartly ends the story with a suspenseful situation, forcing the King to keep her alive for another day. The individual stories were created over many centuries, by many people and in many styles, and they have become famous in their own right, and include fairy tales, fables, romances, farces, legends, and parables. The tales use a sweeping variety of settings, including Baghdad, Basrah, Cairo and Damascus, as well as China, Greece, India, North Africa and Turkey.
Author: Edward William Lane; Frances Jenkins Olcott
Publisher: New York : Holt, 1913.
Edition/Format: Book : Juvenile audience : English
ABOUT FRANCIS JENKINS OLCOTT (1872 - 1963) Author & Librarian: Frances Jenkins Olcott founded the Training School at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and impacted the development of children's services in general. She was born in 1972 in Paris, France. In 1896 she graduate from Melvil Dewey's New York State Library School. Directly out of library school, she got a job as an assistant librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library. The following year she moved to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh where she was given the task of creating a children's department. She opened the Library's Training School in 1900 and was director of the School and the Children's Department until 1911. She emphasized in her practice that public libraries have an educational role to play in the lives of children. She used the library and training school to test new ideas about innovative practice. She would then publish her observations in the professional literature so that the whole country could benefit from her experiences. The graduates of the training school also helped spread her ideas on best practice throughout the country. In 1911, she retired from the library profession so that she could devote herself to her writing. By the time of her death on March 29, 1963, she had written over 24 books for children along with a number of professional works.